Yesterday in House of Commons local MP Fiona Bruce asked:
“Will Ministers give very serious consideration to a call-in request I have made relating to a planning application for 190 properties in Goostrey? It would generate detrimental interference to the radio telescopes and world-leading scientific work at Jodrell Bank, and is therefore a concern of national significance.”
Brandon Lewis [Minister of State for Communities and Local Gov] replied:
“My hon. Friend will appreciate that I cannot comment on a particular planning application, but any such request will be given full consideration. I know that she has campaigned very hard with local residents to protect what they perceive as an important piece of local infrastructure. I will obviously look at all the details that come in.”
[Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 16 March 2015, c536)]
and now an article in Knutsford Guardian 17th March 2015.
Effectively, by ‘calling it in’, this would be a shortcut straight to the equivalent of a planning appeal where all the evidence would be heard and assessed. There is no guarantee of a refusal! If the evidence is not convincing then the development may be allowed.